Voltaire

Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.

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Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.

The best is the enemy of the good.

Never argue at the dinner table for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture their amphitheaters for wild beasts to fight in.

Paradise was made for tender hearts, hell for loveless hearts.

Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.

In general the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.

The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.

He who has not the spirit of this age has all the misery of it.

Everything's fine today that is our illusion.

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.

It is not love that should be depicted as blind but self-love.

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.

In the case of news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

Common sense is not so common.

Stand upright speak thy thoughts declare The truth thou hast that all may share, Be bold proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.

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